Monday 26 August 2013

Design Team Throwdown with RSD - August 2013

Good afternoon all
I don't know how many design team members have heard of the monthly throwdown between different teams and, until this month, it has always been held within the Smeared and Smudged forum. Everything has now entered blogland in an effort to encourage more participation both from other Design Teams and from the general crafting community.  The blog that has been created for this special challenge can be found here
Why not come and join in the fun? Earn the bragging rights of proclaiming that your design team is the best there is.
This month I'm playing for Rick St Dennis', Airless Chambers team.
The challenge theme chosen for this month by last month's winners, the awesome team over at Quoth The Raven is

how each person interprets this is just one of the beauties of this.
The Airless Chambers team this month consists of Miranda, Suzi and myself. The other girls have created the most amazing projects and if you came here from anywhere other than Airless Chambers can I suggest you take a detour and go look.
I hope you're sitting comfortably as, with all 3-D objects, this is going to be picture heavy.
I started off with a rather pain looking hinged wooden shrine - just over 4" wide closed and about 7" high
Painted it a light/mid grey colour and then the decorating began.

after masking off a brick pattern and applied gesso mixed with acrylic paint. Went over it all again after removing the masking so that the stone work was not
as uniform.

The centre archway was given a separate coat - darker in colour. Some green flocking was also added to simulate moss.

The other side.
The front of my piece, as closed, was covered with polyfiller. A cheaper alternative to modelling paste and this was handy. Horizontal lines pressed in and some skulls and real chicken bones embedded into the "brickwork". Then the boring bit - waiting for this all to dry before painting.
A base coat of black then loads of different shades of grey and this emerges

The back was covered in a paper from the now, unfortunately, closed shop of Crafty Chaos. As it is a digi paper, I could adjust the colours and printed in black and white.
My images - well there are only two.
Count Meowt can be seen when the window on the back is opened. Coloured with just 5 shades of grey promarkers. A spider web stamp used on the card behind our peer.
Andy Skinner Skull mask and embossing paste used on a vellum "window" 
The speech bubble - computer generated and torn out. Brushed with distress ink before attaching.
My other image is the Queen of Skulls. Coloured with a few more shades of grey than 5. haha
She was fussy cut out and attached to a black card back for the stability I needed.
Some nylon jewellery thread attached to the back and the other ends to the sides of the doors.

some dark grey seam binding attached on the edges to both neaten and add extra stability for those threads.

Now that you've seen all the projects that the Airless Chambers team have created. We will need your votes. Voting begins wednesday, august 28 over at the Design Team Throwdown blog. Have a good look at all the amazing projects you will see and make your choice of the best team.
Thank you for taking this journey with me.

As well as being part of the team for the DT Throwndown
I'd like to enter my mixed media project into the challenge at
The Cheerful Stamp Pad - Anything Goes - your choice
Make My Monday - ABAC
Creative Inspirations Paint - Anything Goes
Hobbycutz - Create your own background
PunkyouGirl - humour


  1. Speechless...................

    And drooling..........

    Awesome Helen this is amazingly creepy cool

  2. Absolutely COZMIC - I LUV it to pieces :-D

    IKE xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  3. You have rocked this one Helen almost like late 1700 real horror omg I am just so impressed wish I could find the right words.
    susan s

  4. Holy Crow! Frickin' amazing work, Croms! Wow! I am in love with your creation!!! I must find polyfiller in the states. It could have saved my clay mould disaster from the other night. I bow down to your endless talent and creativity!

  5. OMG, Helen! that is so freakin' cool! the texture you've achieved is beyond fabulous and the Queen of Skulls and Count Meowt give me the shivers. amazing creation from all sides! Love, love, LOVE! xxD

  6. BTW...I'm going to steal some of your wording if you don't mind :)

  7. Impressive work! Love that stone effect you've created! Thanks for playing with us at Hobbycutz challenge!

  8. This is such an amazing creation, thanks for sharing with us at Make My Monday this week,
    Rosie x

  9. wow Helen that is amazing! really loving all that texture! Fantastic work! xxxx

  10. Helen, what an amazing post! All those little pointers, thanks for sharing. Totally fab, your creativity knows no, love!!

  11. A stunning project - what a fab idea. Thanx for sharing with us at Make My Monday.
    Hugz, Jan (DT) xx

  12. WOW!!!! Helen, this is stunning! I love your images and the sentiment is perfect! Wondering where you got the wooden shrine, and how to harness some of your creativity...I'm lacking at the moment! This piece of art is fabulous! Thanks for entering it into the PunkyouGirl challenge this month, I hope you'll join us again next week for our new challenge! Mo xxx

  13. FAB project, t hanks so much for sharing it with us over at Hobbycutz


  14. Helen this is just unbelievably wonderful! So much to it but each piece is even more creative and brilliant than the last! I will need to try the polyfiller (does it not crumble?) x

  15. Thank you so much for joining us at PunkyouGirl this time with such gorgeous creation I do hope you will join us again and good luck
    Jacki xx

  16. Very creative and beautifully crafted. Thank you for sharing your this for The Cheerful Stamp Pad 'free choice' challenge, Hazel, Cheerful stamp pad DT. x

  17. Amazing Helen. Absolutely stunning. I love the image and all that texture. x

  18. Very creative!
    Thank you or joining in on the Creative Inspirations challenge!
    Michelle, dt team

  19. Okay I am totally jealous this is OUT OF THIS WORLD GORGEOUS!!! thanks for joining us at CI Paints!!

  20. Wow! Really fabulous project. Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Make My Monday.
    Fliss x